Nutrients In Eggs
Eggs are a nutrient goldmine!
One large egg has varying amounts of 13 essential vitamins and minerals, high-quality protein, all for 70 calories.
While egg whites contain some of the eggs’ high-quality protein, riboflavin and selenium, the majority of an egg’s nutrient package is found in the yolk. Nutrients such as:
- Vitamin D, critical for bone health and immune function. Eggs are one of the only foods that naturally contain vitamin D.
- Choline, essential for normal functioning of all cells, but particularly important during pregnancy to support healthy brain development of the fetus.
- Lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants that are believed to reduce the risk of developing cataracts and slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration, a disease that develops with age.
The American Medical Association (AMA) recently announced its recommendation to include choline in prenatal vitamins.1 Choline is an essential nutrient that is particularly important during pregnancy, as it impacts fetal brain development and can help prevent birth defects.2
Continue reading “AMA Recommendations Highlight Importance of Choline for Pregnancy”
Moms everywhere often encourage their kids to drink milk – the poster child for calcium – to help build strong bones. Calcium and vitamin D have long been documented as important nutrients needed for optimal bone health,1 but does dietary protein play a positive role as well? Or, could protein intake have a harmful effect on bone health? Continue reading “Eat Protein for Bone Health?”
In 1976, Rocky Balboa started a fitness trend by cracking raw eggs into a cup and drinking (yikes!). Rocky may have inspired the nation with his pursuit of glory, but his pre-workout snack was not ideal. Much has changed since 1976, but some people still drink raw eggs to build muscle – recognizing eggs as an inexpensive and convenient source of high-quality protein.1 Continue reading “The Nutritional Benefits of Cooked (vs. Raw) Eggs”
Can simply feeding eggs to undernourished children help tackle global malnutrition? Researchers think so. Two studies published this week show the impact of adding eggs to the diets of undernourished infants and children, such as a decreased prevalence of stunted growth – a condition that effects 159 million children around the world.1 Continue reading “Adding an Egg Can Help Malnourished Infants and Children Grow”
Eggs contain many important nutrients. From our brain to our bones, the impact of these nutrients are wide-ranging. Learn how the nutrient package of eggs can benefit the body:
1. Brain Function: One large egg is an excellent source of choline – an essential nutrient critical for fetal brain development and brain function. Eating eggs may also be associated with improved cognitive performance in adults.1
2. Eye Health: Lutein and zeaxanthin are antioxidants found in egg yolks that can promote eye health, especially as we get older.2 Continue reading “A Dozen Ways Egg Nutrients Benefit the Body”